Sex Crimes in Mississippi

There are numerous sex crimes in Mississippi with a variety of sentencing options.

The list includes, but is not limited to:

Statutory rape is having sex with a child who is at least 14 but under 16 years of age, or with a child who is not a spouse and is 3 years younger, and the defendant is 17 years of age or older. The age of consent in Mississippi is 16. Consent or the victim's lack of chastity is not a defense to statutory rape.

Rape is forcing another to have sex or having sex with a person who has been given drugs or alcohol, which prevents them from consenting to sex. A victim's lack of chastity may be a defense to rape if it affects the victim's credibility on the issue of rape.

Sexual Battery: sexual penetration of:

*another person without consent; or

*A mentally defective/incapacitated or physically helpless person; or

*A child who is at least 14, but under 16 years of age; or

*A child who is 3 years younger than the defendant; or

* A child who is under 14 years of age (unless the defendant is within 2 years of the victim's age); or